|Solomon's Key: The CODIS Project A Conspiracy Thriller (Solomon's Key)
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Spy Thriller Action Adventure. An ancient secret society. The Vatican. The lost tomb of Jesus--the King of Kings And an ancient scroll that unlocks the secret of the Goddess . CODIS-the FBI's Combined DNA Index System-has found a match. A link between the past and present. Between a royal bloodline and the world's foremost terrorist. On the anniversary of their downfall at the hands of the papacy, the Knights Templar vow revenge. The ultimate spies and the ultimate threat: Reunited lovers brought together by fate, Italian-born OSI agent Nick Rossi and beautiful Mossad agent, Josie Schulman, battle an al-Qaeda orchestrated wave of terrorist attacks directed against Rome, the Vatican, and the newly elected Pope. But the investigation means plunging into Rossi's own past and into the arms of Bast, the alluring stranger, who may be his downfall. The ultimate secret: Beneath the Dome of the Rock, in Solomon's Temple, an ancient scroll is found. It unlocks the Holy See's brutally suppressed truth concerning the divine feminine, Mary Magdalene's true identity and role-and the location of history's most important tomb. The ultimate deception: As world leaders converge on Rome for the Pope's funeral, Rossi and Josie race against time and follow a cryptic trail of symbols hidden within German Renaissance paintings: the keys to a mystery that points to a secret Masonic nexus of power, the secrets of the Widow's Son. What would you do for love? What would you do for honor and country? Two strong-willed women find themselves at opposing sides of a struggle for power. Josie a Mossad agent, who is battle weary and disillusioned, and the other-Bast a notorious al-Qaeda operative. But they share three things in common: they seek revenge for the murder of family members, and they both seek love and meaning in their lonesome existence. The third thing they share is the affection of the same man. The man is Nick Rossi intelligence operative stationed in Rome. Rossi seeks the advice of his uncle Professor Giovanni, a man versed in history and the schemes of secret societies. Together they must solve a riddle, clues left by a Masonic Nexus that has infiltrated the Vatican. Rossi knows that his uncle's and even the Pope's life depends upon his actions. And time is running out. Behind the veil of enigma lies the Eschatology Institute, a New Age pop culture Church, complete with Hollywood celebrity spokespersons, secret oaths, and dark agendas. Its leader is on a mad power trip and will kill anyone who stands in his way. And his sights are set on the Vatican.
The Codis Project is an extremely informative book that cannot be read casually as it requires some concentration to keep up with the facts, information as well as plethora of characters. The authors have created enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages. The central "hook", of course, is the fact that CODIS, the FBI's DNA database, has found a historical link to the DNA of a notorious terrorist (in another book that I recently read and reviewed The Rozabal Line, the plot centers on the possibility that there could be a genetic link between Jesus and an Islamic terrorist). Elements of Rome, the Vatican, the scared feminine, cryptography and Masonic symbolism, are liberally interspersed with modern day action of Nick Rossi and Josie Schulman. Overall a great read if you love the Dan Brown genre....more info
- Breathless and Eager for MORE!
Fast paced, intriguing and certainly NOT a formulaic book. Mr. Weber keeps the reader guessing through the entire novel and does not disappoint at the end. Steamy chemistry, action and thrills, conspiracy in highest of places all make for a novel that you don't want to put down until the very end and even then you will pick it up again! Mr. Weber is a talented writer weaving together a masterful story! The puzzles through out the book make you feel like you are in the story helping to crack the unknown.
Don't pay attention to the naysayers, my guess is this novel revels too much for their comfort!
- Well executed and original plot.
A fast paced romp through the world of conspiracy and spies.
The plot was unique. All these thrillers about the occult and ancient heresies released lately don't really hit at the truth because they haven't done any real research. Solomon's Key tells it like it is and peels back the mystery in plain English.
I thought the concept of having the Holy Bloodline lead to terrorist was unique. You'd be expecting some angelic character not a cold blooded assassin.
I related to the females. The heroine Mossad agent, Josie, more than the complex killer who turns out to be an anti-heroine of sorts.
I like female characters who aren't just along for the ride and there solely to add an romance interest.
The history was detailed but fascinating. Lots of solid research went into this. Lots of dirt on Scientology and Rome. Although I was surprised they gave the Freemasons a pretty fair shake in the end.
It may, however, scare the beejezus out of you in parts. It may make you wonder how much is really fiction. I thought it went deeper into secret societies and their true history than most other novels, even deeper than some non-fiction books on the subjects of the OTO and Scientology.
The spies rang true and the politics within the Vatican seemed very plausible.
Fun but informative, too....more info
- What a disappointment
This book had an amazing start but went downhill quickly. There were too many characters and their personalities were never developed so you just couldn't keep up with who was who.
Some parts of this book were brilliant and interesting but the majority was a big bore. I really wanted to like this book but I didn't....more info
- Scientologists on the Warpath don't be fooled.
Don't let some of the negative reviews here fool you. There's an agenda.
Which is ironic since this book's theme is disinformation and smoke and mirrors.
Some of these people are in the Scientology camp, and this book does a pretty good job of blasting away at Scientology, although it isn't named directly nor are the movie stars and founders. Not to bore you with details; but it's a standard practice of Scientology to muster its cult-like followers to launch an attack on anyone or anything that casts the org in a bad light. Even the TV comedy SOUTHPARK bit the bullet for airing a parody.
It's unfortunate that such a big organization has to resort or stoop to such low tactics rather than addressing the charges or allegations. It prefers to slander and libel and pulls out a bag of dirty tricks.
I did some checking and found this book was published in six countries with recognized publishers; for example ESOPTRON in Greece who is affiliated with NEXUS magazine. And BARD in Bulgaria who publishes Dan Brown among others.
Checking further with Publishers Market Place, I found that it has been optioned by the A-list film production company that did X-MEX for example.
Like the Da Vinci Code, there's a lot of background in Solomon's Key which may possibly offend some people, namely Scientologists and Fundamentalists.
If you're not in those camps, then read it and enjoy a good story with solid research and deeper messages weaved throughout.
I'd also recommend these well crafted thrillers and non-fiction exposes on Hubbard:
The QuestFoucault's Pendulum
Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons
L Ron Hubbard Messiah Or Madman...more info
I also gave this as a gift to my military son who is overseas as it seemed to be in the same genre - at least, when I brought up Dan Brown, this book was also displayed...more info
- Solomon's Key is Garbage
I love me some historical fiction and was hoping for a good read with this book. I was sorely mistaken. Everything about this book was awful. From the quality of typography to the horrible layout to the actual editing of the book. It was truly one of the more painful books I have read in the last several years. Even though the content was right up my ally, I had a very difficult time getting through this. It seems that many other people seemed to enjoy it. I for one did not. Buyer beware...more info
I bought this novel based on all the positive reviews it received; but reading the book has left me puzzling over what these other reviewers liked about it. Mr. Weber needs to take writing lessons before he writes any more books; and his editor needs to be fired for overlooking all the mistakes in Solomon's Key....more info
- Solid plot, great read but how mush was true?
Chills and thrills , solid plot, I had no problem with the writing whatsoever so I've gotta agree with the majority of reviewers here, good book.
Maybe some don't like short chapters,but for me it keeps the pace up and makes me read a few more chapters before turning in for the night.
My only question is how much of the things he mentions in the story are true?
Liked the main hero Nick Rossi the most, more of the brodding anti-hero type.
- Not What I Expected
I made myself read this book front to back. The last third of the book is not to bad but the first two thirds are not my idea of a good read.
It was kind of like watching a movie with subtitles. The stars recite the dialog and then the English subtitles are written underneath. However, with the book you had to read the foreign language and then read the English translation.
Additionally, you're reading along at a good clip when all of a sudden you're stopped dead in your tracks to learn some sort of mysterious code.
Just not my kind of book. I liked what Dan Brown said, he gets about 1 page for every 10 he writes. It seemed like this author didn't through anything out.
If you decide to read this book good luck getting through it....more info
- Solomon's Key
What a boring, slow moving, over hyped, dissapointment! I was a good third of the way through and there was no charchter development. And, very little to follow in the form of a plot. But, if you like reading a hundred latin phrases and there translations, you will be on the edge of your seat.
One of the very few books I could not finish....more info
- A good idea gone bad
Fascinating plot, involving international intrigue, the Templars, codes, Mossad agents, etc., etc. Unfortunately, the author's writing skills are far inferior to his imagination. The grammatical errors, circuitous sentence construction, and numerous typos make this book very difficult to read. I threw it out at the halfway point, despite wanting desperately to learn how the story played out. Weber needs to find a coauthor who can translate his ideas into acceptable prose....more info
- Dissapointing, shallow research
I wanted to like the Salomon's Key, it started promising, but than I needed to force myself to read it to the end, after putting it down for one month. So boring...And than I was just curious if there will be something relating to the artwork pictured at the beginning of the book. I bought this book because of some glowing reviews by the readers, but in my opinion this book has too many flaws for me being able to enjoy it. (Research is another story, art history isn't well researched, history not too well either, the book is loaded with mistakes).
Let give me some examples: Saint Stephen the martyr and Saint Stephen the king of Hungary are not one an d the same person. Those were two different men, living c. thousand years apart. I think as simple research as checking Wikipedia before writing could clarify the facts.
Also Michelo Angelo didn't design the uniforms of the Swiss Guard (Dan Brown made this mistake spread this misinformation too, it seems to be a commonly held belief).The truth is that Swiss Guard's commander designed it, (beginning of XXc., design based on Renaissance clothing).
The word "orgia" didn't mean "activation" in Greece of Antiquity. Actually it meant "worship of sacred rite," and became an "orgy" as we understand it today in Europe of XVIII c., and had nothing to do with sexuality than.
"Lucifer" which word was mistranslated into the "Light Bringer," (by Saint Jerome if I remember right, and this mistranslation is repeated over and over again). Lucifer means "Son of Dawn," and has nothing to do with Christ,as the author of this book assumes. Lucifer most likely refers to Helal, who was son of Shehar.
Other"fact": the name of the state, Israel doesn't come from words "Isis" "Ra" and "El" but means the one who "wrestles with God."
The apple symbolized sin not because of some pentagram design after cutting it into half (seeds inside forming the pattern), but the Latin word for "apple" and "evil" was the same: "malum". This is not the only word in Latin, or any other language which denotes tow different things, And again, wasn't already Dan Brown writing about this?
As for hermetic symbols in Duerer's engravigns: hermetic symbols were part of proto-sciences. Belief in magic, and some kind of the knowledge of the systems, was more common than knowledge of philosophy of humanism. It wouldd be like today's " e equals m c squared." Noting more. As for Duerer's and his Last Supper: the last supper was a common theme, and the depictions of John as a young boy, (13 years old, the age of maturity in Jewish society in Jesus days), were aboundant. Every section of history has some kind of beliefs, during Duerer's times, until XIX.c people believed that John was so young, and he often slept during events, Jesus hugged him or awakened him.
(And no, the popes in generally didn't have mistresses from their families).
Many artists depicted this scene, and this artwork doesn't explain anything.(Maybe add to the confusion in our times).Duerer was also very unlikely candidate for any secret society, there are too many reasons for this. Finding pentagrams: you may find many of them in any other work of art, as the pentagram composition was very widely used, as well the compositional divisions based on the number thirteen. Do always similarities indicate identities? Those are just examples of inacuracies. There are many forced "facts," which make you think "so what?" like for ex. the date 1513. There are many things which can be brought together this way.
Also the snake, some times had sexual meaning, some times not. Snake as as ymbol is very ambigious, but during the XX c. it became very popular to reduce it meaning to sexual symbol. The influence of Freudian thought). Etc.etc.
Some stuff is simply offensive,and this is not religious controversy or so. I refer here to depiction of a transsexual person, (of course naked), and a vilan who is a little man. As if those people don't have problems in daily lives because of being different, than they are singled out in a novel like this. Such stuff really offends my sensitivities. In addition this is not celebrating feminine site, as women are depicted in a sexualized (not sexy) way, just simplistic perspective, nothing more.
I changed my review, since one year past by, and I understand that the book may have been edited, and the editor did great job. I didn't read the new version. But I cut away pieces which criticized other flaws.
As I stated in one earlier occasion, I wish the Mr.Weber the best in his career, and I still mean it.
I understand that this review became controversial for some.This is not to dissparge the author's effort, but to give feedback, and I was specific. Please, keep in mind that if someone takes the fruits of his/her creativity, imagination, skills, research, etc. and presents them to an audience, there is always a "danger" of a negative critique or review, in various settings. Things sold are evaluated to some degree by the consumers also.So, relax, this is just a review.
I didn't have so far,to my best knowledge, violated amazon's rules. But if you feel this review is inappropriate, feel free to report it.
(Or any of my activities in fact). Comments are welcome also, but I may respond late.
- Intellegent read but not a relaxing one
Was not a real page turner, very factual and well researched but stumpling over all the facts did not make this a pleasurable read. Purchased it because of its 5 star rating, not Dan Brown....more info
- VIDEO OF SOLOMON'S TEMPLE AND TABLET
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2VLUI437XNSM2 Here's a video that covers a few things mentioned in the book.
Solomon's Temple and recent archaeological finds. As the thriller asks, are they a hoax or real??...more info
- Solomon's Key: The Codis Project
This book was not a fun book to read. The story jumped around so much that I'm still not sure what happened to whom. The premise of the novel is interesting, but the character development is seriously lacking.
Don't get me wrong, I can handle complicated plots, but the thread of the story gets completely lost with the overabundance of character names. The author also jumps from place to place and situation far too quickly to ever get his point across.
For those that said this book was challenging intellectually, I'm wondering if the challenge was just the effort to follow what was going on?
I would not recommend this book....more info
- An incredible heart-stopping adventure!
Solomon's Key is an incredible, heart-pounding journey that delves into the mysteries of the Freemasons and other secret societies, the tyranny and degradation of the Catholic church, al-Qaeda and its operatives, and the impact of these organizations on our present-day world.
Whether or not you are a conspiracy or religious thriller buff, this novel will leave you on the edge of your seat! Fast paced action sequences, steamy encounters, and evil villians abound in this story and will undoubtedly leave every reader wanting more.
There is an infinite amount of religious and historical research within these pages, and yet it is woven together beautifully through Weber's masterful storytelling. This author truly has a gift for bringing the written word to life in your mind's eye as he draws you in and leaves you wanting more. Weber's knowledge of weapons and warfare evokes images of Tom Clancy, likely due to his experience as a real-life secret agent. At the same time, he reveals the importance of these weapons in triumphing over evil forces and touches our humanity as the novel culminates with a stunning climax.
Although somewhat reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code's premise, with references to the Holy Grail and the divine feminine, Solomon's Key is so much more as it goes beyond the superficial and encourages you to expand your mind. The primary female characters, Josie and Bast, are feisty and focused, yet completely fleshed out. Although trained as killers, both with their own agendas and intentions, they are real women with real needs and desires. You can see through their eyes the intensity of purpose, which softens as the novel progresses and they ultimately realize the true meaning of their existence.
All in all, Solomon's Key is a fascinating read that forces you to abandon what you've always known to embrace the potential of the unknown. I know that I have never read a novel quite like it and would love to see it developed for the silver screen. It is unquestionably unique in its scope and has the ability to transcend gender stereotypes - I don't know anyone who would not be intrigued and fascinated by the story. Thank you, Mr. Weber, for bringing your brilliance and amazing writing style to life through these pages. I wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors! ...more info
- The best of the religious conspiracy genre
An amazing story, including the Knights Templar, the Italian Secret Service, the Vatican, the Holy Grail, the Holy Bloodline, cryptography, Mossad agents, the FBI's DNA database, all weaved together in a fast-paced, believable storyline. Weber's research into religious history and artifacts provides the detail that makes the story believable. His characters, and there are a lot of them, are well-developed, especially the two female protagonists. Solomon's Key is the best to date of the religious conspiracy genre.
- Where was the editor?
The premise of this book was great. However, the spelling errors were so blatant that I started underlining them all, thinking they were the code you were supposed to figure out. Sometimes the same word within the same paragraph was spelled differently, as if someone was text messaging. The lack of cohesion was also disappointing. I bought this book because the Amazon site said James Rollins co-authored. Nowhere in the book is he given any type of credit and I find it hard to believe that James Rollins could have a hand in such a jumbled mess. I think the author atempted to mimic Rollins' and Dan Brown's style and failed miserably. I love a good conspiracy thriller and this book had great potential because of the numerous subplots and amount of historical data. I continued reading because I thought at some point everything would come together and make sense. I was left feeling like a government intelligence analyst decided to take a report and turn it into a novel....more info
- 5 Stars? Are you kidding me?
Good, not great. I cannot believe all the typographical errors! It's like Mr. Weber relied solely on his computer's spell check feature--where the non-sensical is OK if it's spelled correctly. As a quick example, on the back cover: "...Mary Magdalene's true identify and role..." Hello, "identify" and "identity" are not interchangeable. The book is full of such glaring grammatical errors that have nothing to do with artistic license. This greatly diminished my enjoyment of the storyline, which by the way was very scattered at the beginning, came together in the middle, but was lackluster at the end. 5 stars? Compared to what?!...more info